Timber Grows Up

Architects and engineers, drawn to wood for its environmental attributes, push the material to new limits.
Sponsored by Think Wood
Architectural Record
By Joann Gonchar, AIA
1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the term “mass timber.”
  2. Discuss the fire-resistive and structural properties of different types of wood construction.
  3. Outline the environmental benefits of building with wood.
  4. Describe the construction and structural strategies that some project teams are deploying in order to use wood in taller buildings.

This course is part of the Wood Structures Academy

This course discusses recently completed, under-construction, and proposed mass-timber buildings. It outlines the environmental benefits, as well as the challenges, of using wood in unconventional ways—both in tall and low-rise structures. And it explores the structural, fire-resistive, and other performance qualities of engineered-wood products.

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Mass Timber Construction

Image courtesy Rune Abrahamsen

Originally published in Architectural Record.